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Poster: DeadATL Date: Oct 21, 2010 5:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Widespread Panic

So, following the interesting Phish thread, I'll throw another one out there - Widespread Panic. What do you think?

I saw them for the first time in Atlanta a few weeks ago. Now, they're a Georgia band so there was a large and enthusiatic crowd. And, it was an enjoyable show, but it didn't grab me despite the fact that fans raved about it. I enjoyed the Furthur show this spring a lot more.

The "scene" was very Dead-like, but otherwise the comparisons seem strained. The music is more Southern-fried rock than psychedlic Americana. Again, I didn't dislike them and with time I might even want to see them again.

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Poster: Judge TOOTMO Date: Oct 20, 2010 8:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Back when I had friends, I had friends that listened to them a lot. I think if I had burnout, and Cream was off the table, I would probably start with Panic before trying to delve into the Phish-quarium (of course, those phans are so clever).

I like southern fried rock. Give me 19 minutes of "Green Grass" and I'm a happy camper.

You know what? I'm going to check them out and I will make a report to the new PM when I return in a week.

TOOTMO

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Poster: iamdead Date: Oct 21, 2010 6:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

green grass classic OUTLAWS!!!

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Oct 21, 2010 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

here ya go tootmo. some outlaws for ya,one of my favorite southern fried bands. green grass and high times >>>http://soundaboard.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Outlaws

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Oct 21, 2010 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

have only seen them twice - once in Telluride ( Bill Grahm fest first time I had even heard of them )and once at Red Rocks ( Horde ). That was a LONG time ago back in 91 I think. Both times I liked them a LOT. More than Phish. I have a handful of shows but unless you can get a rare SBD ( the 97 ones are great ) their sound is too loud recorded aud I think.Sounds boomy a lot of the times with stuff drowned out, not clean and JB's voice/growl thing sounds even worse imo. I think the guitar solo's go on forever with not much result - like postering, and I don't get the whole beans, greens, and dirty water mumbo jumbo especially the raps they throw out there. Southern or not WTF are they talking about most of the time? BUT I do like a number of their songs

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Oct 21, 2010 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Wow - I am heading to Las Vegas this weekend to see Wide Spread for the first time. Very excitied and going with some real hardcore fans of the band - should be fun, I will post a review on Sunday...

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Poster: Judge TOOTMO Date: Oct 21, 2010 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Safe voyage to ye, Cappie.

I have begun my WSP investigation. So far: part of a 91 show in Tuscaloosa with John Popper joining in and am, at this moment, enjoying 1996-04-21 Boalsburg, Penn.

This 96 show is really... enjoyable. I haven't been sitting with 'phones on and eyes closed; I've been working and it is in the background. It is a really nice groove. Then, all of a sudden, something will pull me in, e.g., Space Wrangler>Red Beans. SW I recognize as one of their "hits" but it's the "Red Beans" that I was really diggin'.

So far, the only similarities with the Dead that my untrained ears are picking up is that some songs segue into the next.


Your man on the street,
TOOTMO

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Poster: Judge TOOTMO Date: Oct 21, 2010 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Safe voyage to ye, Cappie.

I have begun my WSP investigation. So far: part of a 91 show in Tuscaloosa with John Popper joining in and am, at this moment, enjoying 1996-04-21 Boalsburg, Penn.

This 96 show is really... enjoyable. I haven't been sitting with 'phones on and eyes closed; I've been working and it is in the background. It is a really nice groove. Then, all of a sudden, something will pull me in, e.g., Space Wrangler>Red Beans. SW I recognize as one of their "hits" but it's the "Red Beans" that I was really diggin'.

So far, the only similarities with the Dead that my untrained ears are picking up is that some songs segue into the next.


Your man on the street,
TOOTMO

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Oct 20, 2010 10:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

DeadATL i like your post - I for one LOVE WSP, and i just caught my 10th show last week in Milwaukee, it was great.

anyone interested should check out "Light Fuse, Get Away", its pretty much the live Panic bible.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Oct 20, 2010 6:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

seen them a few times when mikey was around good music and times.very tight.i'm from the south so i grew up to the
southern sound.i prefer them over phish.better crowd and
vibe.song structure wise not the dead but way better than
phish.r.i.p. mikey


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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Oct 21, 2010 5:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Not a band I listen to often, but given a choice between them and Phish, I'll choose panic every time. Just flat better in my book.

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Poster: wineland Date: Oct 21, 2010 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

I am a casual fan of WSP. Not my staple, but like them everytime they come up on the iPod or I come across a cd. I caught them when they swung through Portland in 2007 and enjoyed the show. I've seen their bassist, Dave Scholls, play in Stockholm Syndrome and Gov't Mule. Both of those shows were excellent. I consider String Cheese Incident, WSP and Phish to be all part of the same graduation class. SCI might be my favorite of the trio, although I've seen Phish the most times out of them.

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Poster: jstraw727 Date: Oct 21, 2010 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic


I saw them at Bonnaroo a few years back. Dropped acid before the Allman's set, so when WSP hit the stage I was in a good place....and found myself completely bored by the music. Jams seemed to go nowhere.

Now, years later, I saw them again sans LSD but with the addition of Jimmy Herring. Much more enjoyable, but still doesn't grab me the way the Dead, Allmans or, yes, Phish do.

Took me a while to get into Phish, and even now some songs are just an atonal mess, but they do some wicked funky stuff and can rip out some truly inspired rocking tunes.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Oct 21, 2010 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Panic comes to Portsmouth every summer and has always put on a good show. I've seen them about a dozen times now and I like them. My only gripe is the last couple of shows here in VA it seems like many in the crowd were channeling their inner asshole and the crowd vibe really sucked. I'd like to think it wasn't a function of the music since the shows at Walnut in Raleigh were superb. Anne Marie Calhoun sits in on a killer version of Surprise Valley - I think the show is up on PanicStream.

http://panicstream.com/vault/08.html 4/26/08 show

Oh yeah, despite the occasional bummer crowd, Panic is orders of magnitude better than Phish.

Edited to add show link via PanicStream

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Poster: jstraw727 Date: Oct 21, 2010 12:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic


i don't understand why people hate on bands. if the music speaks to you, great. if not it doesn't mean it sucks, just means it didn't connect.

i mean next thing people will be telling me ABBA sucks...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 21, 2010 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

ONLY when Pierce Brosnan takes lead vocals. Other than that, I defy you to get their melodies out of your head as soon as you think of a tune. You can't. Whether that's good or bad is another story...

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 21, 2010 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

If I remember correctly , which is always dicey business , you have a persistent and fierce ABBA situation in your home . I believe you have been subjected to hours of audio abuse from those closest to your heart . Also , wasn't there a long car ride ....

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 21, 2010 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

You recall correctly... but is what our very own cosmic charlie that gets the car ride torture. I drive - I control the tunes (for most part).

http://www.archive.org/post/312959/kids-and-the-dead

Cat Power >? Bob Weir
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B84RpcmF50I

Seeing her on Sunday...
http://www.henrymiller.org/events.html

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 21, 2010 6:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Since it is soon to be night , I'm not sure who , or more precisely , whose handle to address this to . I don't have the exact details of the transformation process , ect.
First thought of the above links is Anais , in flowers of Tuileries . But then , who wouldn't of course . Then I thought of the HML and the context that must through all the media ( performances ) that are part of the library . Boy , ( or girl? --> soon to be night ect. ) , you could get into whole lotta trouble there . How far has the library pushed it ? ( sorry ) ;-)

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Poster: advokat Date: Oct 21, 2010 8:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Who you talking to?

Pushing too hard... (whatever happened to Cream Puff War? One of my faves here).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhPvkzFJhnk&;feature=related

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 22, 2010 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Oh dear . I guess one toke over the line ?
The vid was a little ambiguous . I had to watch and pause it several times . But the C & D has been filed . :-(
I wonder what Prudence is doing ?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Oct 21, 2010 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Hey Fernando, ABBA rocks.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 21, 2010 6:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

Oh, you didn't, you didn't, just put that song in my head ...

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Poster: user unknown Date: Oct 20, 2010 5:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

"Widespread Panic. What say you?"

pretty much what you said...

WSP=GD/ABB hybrid

very tight, very entertaining but not quite Grateful Dead

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Oct 23, 2010 1:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

I saw WSP a couple of times in late 80's/early 90s when I was going to school in Atlanta. They def. could rock it out.

Saw PHISH around this same time at the Cotton Club in Atlanta--there probably weren't more than a 100 or so people in the club. I wasn't too familiar with their music at the time, but they ripped through a Led Zep tune (Black Dog?) & I remember thinking to myself "Who the hell is THIS guy??" Yea, Trey is pretty much a guitar Jedi.

That said, much like a lot of my friends & family just don't "get it" when it comes to the Dead, I've never "gotten it" when it comes to PHISH. Obviously they're extremely talented musicians, but their songs are far too quirky & nonsensical for my taste. But you asked about WSP:

I hadn't seen them in nearly 20 year, but saw all three shows at Red Rocks a few months ago. Are they as good as the Dead? LOL Well for me of course not, but quite frankly I don't ever expect another band to come along that will be on par with The Grateful Dead.

That said, WSP rocked, & Herring is (IMO) the perfect guitarist for their sound. I like him much MUCH better with WSP than I did when he was playing with Phil/Futher/Other Ones (or whatever version of the band it was that he played with).

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Oct 20, 2010 7:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

I saw them with some festival bit back in 94 or 95, didn't care for it much, sat through a two hour car ride up to alpine valley back in '00 and was forced to listen to it...like a watered down barband version of Lynard Skynyrd or Allman's, but without the quality of tunes...

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Poster: Hal R Date: Oct 21, 2010 8:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

I enjoy them, not the highest on my music rotation list but listen fairly often. Enjoyed their live shows. Most of there songs don't grab me very deeply. Glad that Jimmy Herring has found a home there.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Oct 20, 2010 8:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

i seen them when they were doing the bar band scene back in 90" they had a cd debut show at a place here in va beach called the peppermint beach club.my friends from a band called rare daze opend for them. like tony say's therrrr' great!! sadly though i havent seen them since a few times in the 90's. if they come through this neck of the woods i'll be there

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Poster: Judge TOOTMO Date: Oct 20, 2010 8:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

I just found a show from '91 in Tuscaloosa and Blues Traveller opened for them. John Popper sits in with WP towards the end of the set. So your friend's band is in good company.


TOOTMO